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Wow, we did that?


mikelink45

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blog-0552074001544144349.jpgHere we are December 6, 2018. We are almost a week after my birthday and what a week. I waited 73 years for all this to happen.

 

We fired Molitor - he mishandled the bullpen which had all of three good relievers and we needed 4 per game. We let go the pitching coach even though Gibson and others out performed the past. We kept the hitting coaches even though our superstar, can't miss projects continued to flail at the plate. We fired Pickler the guy the front office said would provide new age stat information to the manager. We kept the bench coach who obviously shoulders no blame for the season that got Molitor fired.

 

Then we lost Johnny Field to the cubs and Oliver Drake to the Rays even though they were good enough to prevent minor leaguers from auditioning in September. Great move. We showed other teams how good the players we did not want were. Then to show that we cared about pitching we signed Erasmo Moreno and Preston Guilmet to be our new right hander pitchers. Some real action to get November warming up.

 

Randy Cesar was signed to give 3B depth, Zack Weiss signed to give even more right handed depth, and LaMonte Wade was put on the 40 man even though he was not good enough to come up in September. And Nick Gordon was added to the same 40 man even though he too was not good enough for September - glad we kept Field and Oliver on that roster.

 

We traded Nick Anderson to the Rays and got another 3B Brian Schales, to push Sano. He must be worried that is two 3B players in one month.

 

Having a strong BP we released Alan Busenitz. Then we added Luis Arreaz to the 40 man because we did not know Schoop would be there for the next season and we signed C J Cron and released Robbie Grossman making a completing unremarkable change in our batting talent.

 

Then December came and we though that Ronald Torreyes should challenge Ehire - thereby pushing our talent level on more notch towards the championships we dream of.

 

Is anyone else excited?

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I totally agree on the Field and Drake. Jeez. Better to have seen Reed or Wade at that point. Even Granite (why he remains on the roster still is beyond me - talk about an unlucky minor league season).

 

Dumpster diving is fine. If you are non-competitive, n total rebuild. But then, you also give the unproven rookies a shot. Well, maybe Fordon does need a good solid season at AAA.

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Okay we signed Schoop after a disasterous year where he had 85 OPS+  15% below replacement.  But better than Forsythe who was 65.  Schoop's fielding rating does not give us much to get excited about.  So, yes we filled the position, and we hope he comes back strong, but if we do he is a free agent after this year.  Hard to really get excited or give a grade to this transaction

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